Mongolia express

Travel to the heart of Mongolia for one week of discovery, in the Orkhon Valley where you'll live as closely as possible to the nomads. Discover Przewalski's wild horses, visit the former capital of Mongolia and Erdene Zuu Monastery, and ride a camel along the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai.

This tour will make you want to come back !

Day 1. Discovering wild horses

Ulan Bator - Khustai national park
  • Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.
  • Journey to Khustai Reserve that houses the Przewalski horses (takh). Twilight is the best moment to observe them. We'll walk until the river where they drink, and observe them with no fear to bother.

Day 2. On the road to Mini-Gobi

  • We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park : semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometres (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".
  • Walk until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. "Monk Erdene's Monastery" dates from 17th century and was built in the mountain. Zanabazar built it in honour of his teacher, monk Erdene.
  • Camelback hike along the sand dunes of Elsen tasarkhai.

Day 3-4. Stay among nomads in Orkhon

Khogno Khan - Tovkhon monastery
  • Journey to Orkhon Valley. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the valley is a land of nomadism and many breeders set their summer camp there.
  • Visit of Tovkhon Monastery. Vehicles can't go until the top of Öndör Ulaan Hill and we will walk until there to discover Tovkhon Ermitage, where Zanabazar, the first religious leader of Mongolia, created the Soyombo alphabet. The monastery is located 2312 metres (1,44 mile) above the sea level and from that place we'll have a wonderful view on the whole Khangai range. We'll picnic in exceptional surroundings, facing Orkhon Valley.
Day 4
  • If some people want to, we will go for a pony trek until Mogoit hot springs.
  • Bath in the fitted out pools of Mogoit hot springs. The temperature of the springs is contained between 48 and 75°C (118 - 167°F), and they are perfect to recover from the tiredness of the travel.
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3, 4Stay among breeders in the valley. During your stay, you will discover their way of life and you will be proposed many activities, such as milking, making traditional dairy products, or rounding up the animals with a horse. You will also attend the preparation of a Mongolian barbecue that you will enjoy with yours hosts.

Day 5. Orkhon waterfalls

Orkhon valley - Kharkhorin
  • Those who wish will go pony trekking along Orkhon Valley, from the camp until Orkhon waterfalls.
  • Visit of Ulan Tsutgalaan falls, white flood flowing on the black stone, transformed in rainbow by a short sunray... These 16-metres (52,49 feet) falls are just magic ! They formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions.
  • Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this city, until Kubilai Khan set up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.

Day 6. From one capital to another

Kharkhorin - Ulan Bator
  • Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin.
  • Back to Ulan-Bator. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment. Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments.
  • At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh : folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

Day 7. Have a nice journey and see you soon !

  • Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

Individual price per person

123-56-10
1800€1150€1000€900€

Included

  • Transfer hotel to the airport
  • 1 night in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 3 nights in comfortable yurts camp, with warm showers
  • 2 nights in a host family, in guest yurt
  • Journeys in Japanese 4WD jeep with Air con + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pony treks
  • Camel trek
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • Traditional show
  • Equipment for meals (camping tables and chairs) and nights (sleeping bag)

Not included

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Repatriation insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks / alcohols extras
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

7 days from 900€ per person. Flight not included.

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Departures

29 mai 2015 3 available
8 juin 2015 6 available
25 juin 2015 5 available
20 juillet 2015 8 available
17 août 2015 10 available
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